pray and never lose heart

We should always pray and never lose heart. However, in today’s world, we face many challenges, making it difficult to sustain a meaningful prayer life without losing heart. Hate, injustice, insecurity, and fear are but a few of the many challenges that confront us all the time. In addition to these things, people are trying to maintain hope in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Surrounded by so many negative hurdles, one cannot help but wonder, will there be faith on the earth when Jesus returns? More than two thousand years ago, Jesus told His disciples a story of a persistent widow to teach them about prayer and how they should pray and never lose heart, no matter how long it takes. I believe the parable contains a twofold message for believers today:

  • God is faithful
  • Examine your faith in God

The Parable of the Persistent Widow

“There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ And he would not for a while; but afterward, he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’

“Then the Lord said, ‘Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?'”

Luke 18:2-8 KJV
Parable of the Persistent Widow

The Parable of the Persistent Widow is an illustration of why we should pray and never lose heart. compares prayer sharply with fainting. If we do not pray, we will faint; it’s that simple. The word faint describes a discouraged believer. When discouragement sets in, quitting is then a real possibility. When I had a heart attack, I recall fainting physically. It is by far the most helpless feeling that I have ever experienced. While I felt myself losing consciousness, there was nothing I could do about it.

The Parable of the Persistent Widow is also an illustration for Jesus’ disciples and today’s Christians that we should relentlessly pray and never lose heart! The point is this: If an unjust judge would give justice, how much more would God, being the Just Judge, deliver justice to His people, who implore Him through prayer day and night?

Pray and Never Give Up

The Scriptures say that we should “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV). But what does it mean to pray without ceasing? Does it mean we should pray repetitious prayers? Jesus warned against praying like that in Matthew 6:5-15 KJV. Rather, it means that prayer should be as natural as breathing. Unless we are sick or suffocating, we never think about breathing. Likewise, prayer for the believer should be without effort, just like breathing.

What an interesting question our Lord asks His disciples. “When Christ returns for His people, will He really find faith on the earth?” As Christians, we profess to have faith in God and the finished work of Christ at the cross, while in many cases, God is the very last person we turn to for help. For example, the Bible says Christ was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes, we are healed (Isaiah 53:5 KJV). But when sickness attacks, we run to the doctor and forget the healing provided by the cross. It is unambiguous in Scripture that God wants us to depend solely on Him for all of our provision, including healing.

The meaning of the Parable of the Persistent Widow is evident. PRAY AND NEVER GIVE UP! Therefore, we should never cease praying until we receive a full answer to our prayers. The more we believe the words of God, the more we will pray. If we are not persistent in seeking an answer from God, we will faint and cease to pray.

Seek God

Prayer is communication between you and God. Prayer is not just talking to God. It is a two-way conversation. When we pray, we should not only talk to God but listen to Him as well. When we receive Christ, we become “children of God.” Children have the pleasure of talking to their father about anything at any time.

In several Scriptures, God encourages us to pray, and He promises to answer our prayers. In Matthew, He says:

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”

Matthew 7:7-8 KJV

And again, He says in Isaiah:

“It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.”

Isaiah 65:24 KJV

When Christ Returns Will He Find Faith?

The last sentence of the Parable of the Persistent Widow invokes the question that we should each ask ourselves: When the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” The Bible says it is impossible to please God without faith (Hebrews 11:6). However, we must be cognizant of the fact that our faith can fail. So, what kind of faith pleases God? Hebrews chapter 11 illustrates the kind of faith that pleases God. Here are a few instances of the kind of faith that pleases God:

Excellent Testimony

“It was by faith that Abel obeyed God and brought an offering that pleased God more than Cain’s offering did. God accepted Abel and proved it by accepting his gift; and though Abel is long dead, we can still learn lessons from him about trusting God” (Hebrews 11:4 TLB).

“Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, and was not found, because  Enoch trusted God too, and that is why God took him away to heaven without dying;” (Hebrews 11:5 TLB).

Obedience

“Noah was another who trusted God. When he heard God’s warning about the future, Noah believed him even though there was then no sign of a flood, and wasting no time, he built the ark and saved his family. Noah’s belief in God was in direct contrast to the sin and disbelief of the rest of the world—which refused to obey—and because of his faith, he became one of those whom God has accepted” (Hebrews 11:7 TLB)

“Abraham trusted God, and when God told him to leave home and go far away to another land that he promised to give him, Abraham obeyed. Away he went, not even knowing where he was going. (Hebrews 11:8 TLB).

“While God was testing him, Abraham still trusted in God and his promises, and so he offered up his son Isaac and was ready to slay him on the altar of sacrifice” (Hebrews 11:17 TLB).

Recognize the Faithfulness of God

“Sarah, too, had faith, and because of this, she was able to become a mother despite her old age, for she realized that God, who gave her his promise, would certainly do what he said” (Hebrews 11:11 TLB).

Do Not Faint: Hold Fast to Hope

“These men of faith I have mentioned died without ever receiving all that God had promised them; but they saw it all awaiting them on ahead and were glad, for they agreed that this earth was not their real home but that they were just strangers visiting down here” (Hebrews 11:13 TLB).

“Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still, others had trials of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword… wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented— of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise” (Hebrews 11:35-39 KJV).

Examine Your Faith

The recipients of faith in Hebrews chapter 11 have one thing in common: they believed in God and responded to their faith with obedience. Obedience is an important ingredient in the recipe for faith.

If you were to do an accurate assessment of your faith, based on the Bible’s description of faith, you would have to agree that you have not displayed the kind of faith that any of the Patriarchs of Hebrews chapter 11 displayed.

“And he said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant…”

Matthew 25:23 KJV

Like any Christian and servant of Christ, I would like to hear the words “well done, good and faithful servant” when I see Jesus face to face, for we shall all see Him. But when I honestly examine my faith in God, I would indeed be guilty of not having the kind of faith that pleases God. Now ask yourself, will Jesus find faith in you when He returns?

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“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” Jeremiah 33:3

Prayer is fellowship with the Unseen and Most Holy God. It is the essence of true religion and the channel of all blessings. It is the secret of power and life not only for ourselves, but for others, for the Church and for the world. God has given the right to take hold of Him and His strength to prayer. The promises wait for their fulfillment.
If you ask, He will be delighted to take you to closer fellowship with Himself and teach you to pray.
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Greetings in Jesus ‘ name 

“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” Jeremiah 33:3

      Prayer is fellowship with the Unseen and Most Holy God. It is the essence of true religion and the channel of all blessings. It is the secret of power and life not only for ourselves, but for others, for the Church and for the world. God has given the right to take hold of Him and His strength to prayer. The promises wait for their fulfillment.
If you ask, He will be delighted to take you to closer fellowship with Himself and teach you to pray.
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Recovery From Emotional/Psychological Trauma

Emotional trauma is the result of stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless in a dangerous world; it can leave you struggling with memories and anxiety that won’t go away.
Emotional/psychological trauma could be caused by accident, injury, an unexpected violent attack, living in a neighboring known for crime, battling a life threatening illness; it could also be as a result of experiencing traumatic events that occur repeatedly like domestic violence, sexual abuse, bullying, loneliness, and addiction. It could also be caused by the sudden death of a loved one or deeply disappointing experience.

What are the symptoms of trauma?
*Anxiety and panic attacks; anger and irritability
*Fear, emotional numbing,depression and confusion
*Racing heart beats, mood swings, muscle tension and agitation
*Shame, guilt, feelings of sadness and hopelessness
*Fatigue, feeling of worthlessness, withdrawing from people.
*Ache and pains, obsessions and feeling of being overwhelmed.

What do you do to recover from emotional trauma?
1. Don’t isolate: Make an effort to maintain your relationships and avoid spending too much time alone
2. You don’t have to talk about the trauma all the time
3. Participate in social activities.
4. Join a support group for trauma survivors: connecting with them help reduce the sense of isolation; and hearing how others cope could help in your own recovery.
5. Volunteer to help others: In fact, this is a great way to challenge the sense of hopelessness that often accompanies trauma. Remind yourself of your strengths and reclaim your sense of power by helping others.
6. Make new friends if you live far away from family and friends; and avoid toxic people.
7. Self regulate your nervous system: No matter how agitated, nervous, or out of control you feel; it’s important you know that you can calm yourself.
8. Take care of your health
9. Get plenty of sleep
10. Avoid alcohol and drugs as their use can worsen your trauma symptoms, and increase feelings of depression, anxiety and isolation.
11. Eat a well balanced diet to keep your energy up and minimize mood swings.
12. Reduce stress by relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing exercises and schedule time for activities that bring joy to you such as your favorite hobbies.
13. Forgive all hurts and forget the past as this can also worsen the symptoms.

Recovery from trauma takes time, and everyone heals differently. So, avoid being negative or hard on yourself.

Beyond all the tips mentioned above, is the power of God to heal your broken heart and mend your broken life in Jesus’ name.

“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
But, for you to be healed with His stripes, you need to be reconciled with Him.
Jesus is the only Mediator between God and man; and you can only be reconciled to God if you believe in Jesus; in what He accomplished on your behalf. What did He do? He, being the Son of God and the Mediator between you and God, paid the price of your iniquities(sin) by leaving His abode in Heaven, became flesh, at the appointed time, He was betrayed, crucified, died and was buried; but He rose on the third day granting victory to whoever believes in Him. He was sinless but He tasted death for you and me. He paid the ultimate price to grant us access to the Father and to His Kingdom because no one can access the Father without Him.
He says : “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no man cometh to the Father but by me.” John 14:6
We can’t access God’s Kingdom with good works, morals and religious activities alone; they are not enough to save your soul and reconcile you with your Maker, because it is written: “For all have sinned, and have come short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23
So, you simply need to believe in Jesus, repent of your sin, and be saved
“Whosoever call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”
Talk to Him and He will heal you.
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Recovery From Emotional/Psychological Trauma 

Emotional trauma is the result of stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless in a dangerous world; it can leave you struggling with memories and anxiety that won’t go away. 
Emotional/psychological trauma could be caused by accident, injury, an unexpected violent attack, living in a neighboring known for crime, battling a life threatening illness; it could also be as a result of experiencing traumatic events that occur repeatedly like domestic violence, sexual abuse, bullying, loneliness, and addiction. It could also be caused by the sudden death of a loved one or deeply disappointing experience.

What are the symptoms of trauma?
*Anxiety and panic attacks; anger and irritability 
*Fear, emotional numbing,depression and confusion 
*Racing heart beats, mood swings, muscle tension and agitation 
*Shame, guilt, feelings of sadness and hopelessness 
*Fatigue, feeling of worthlessness, withdrawing from people.
*Ache and pains, obsessions and feeling of being overwhelmed.

What do you do to recover from emotional trauma?
1. Don’t isolate: Make an effort to maintain your relationships and avoid spending too much time alone
2. You don’t have to talk about the trauma all the time
3. Participate in social activities.
4. Join a support group for trauma survivors: connecting with them help reduce the sense of isolation; and hearing how others cope could help in your own recovery.
5. Volunteer to help others: In fact, this is a great way to challenge the sense of hopelessness that often accompanies trauma. Remind yourself of your strengths and reclaim your sense of power by helping others.
6. Make new friends if you live far away from family and friends; and avoid toxic people.
7. Self regulate your nervous system: No matter how agitated, nervous, or out of control you feel; it’s important you know that you can calm yourself. 
8. Take care of your health 
9. Get plenty of sleep
10. Avoid alcohol and drugs as their use can worsen your trauma symptoms, and increase feelings of depression, anxiety and isolation.
11. Eat a well balanced diet to keep your energy up and minimize mood swings.
12. Reduce stress by relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing exercises and schedule time for activities that bring joy to you such as your favorite hobbies.
13. Forgive all hurts and forget the past as this can also worsen the symptoms.

Recovery from trauma takes time, and everyone heals differently. So, avoid being negative or hard on yourself.

Beyond all the tips mentioned above, is the power of God to heal your broken heart and mend your broken life in Jesus’ name.

“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
But, for you to be healed with His stripes, you need to be reconciled with Him. 
Jesus is the only Mediator between God and man; and you can only be reconciled to God if you believe in Jesus; in what He accomplished on your behalf. What did He do? He, being the Son of God and the Mediator between you and God, paid the price of your iniquities(sin) by leaving His abode in Heaven, became flesh, at the appointed time, He was betrayed, crucified, died and was buried; but He rose on the third day granting victory to whoever believes in Him. He was sinless but He tasted death for you and me. He paid the ultimate price to grant us access to the Father and to His Kingdom because no one can access the Father without Him.
He says : “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no man cometh to the Father but by me.” John 14:6
We can’t access God’s Kingdom with good works, morals and religious activities alone; they are not enough to save your soul and reconcile you with your Maker, because it is written: “For all have sinned, and have come short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23
So, you simply need to believe in Jesus, repent of your sin, and be saved
“Whosoever call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”
Talk to Him and He will heal you.
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By Eric Dunbar

I am the founder of Believing Faith Blog and the author of the book "Believing Faith Speaks." Once addicted to the heinous drug, crack cocaine, I was delivered by the power of God through faith in Jesus Christ. Believing Faith is my Online Ministry, through which I take the opportunity to spread the good news of the Gospel of Christ. It gives me great pleasure to help other believers to activate, feed, exercise, and speak faith. because believing faith speaks. 2 Corinthians 4:13

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